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New plug-in hybrids available for Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8

Audi will present its expanding range of hybrid variants at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Audi’s A8, A7 Sportback, A6 and Q5 hybrid models will have an electric range of more than 40 kms in the WLTP cycle and customers will be offered the choice between a comfort variant and a performance variant with a sporty design. The new plug-in hybrid models will be available for order during the course of 2019.

Selection of models

Audi will increase the premium brands range of plug-in-hybrids for sustainable mobility from medium-size SUV to luxury saloon – with Q5, A6, A7 and A8 TFSI e.

Depending on the model series, there is a choice of two variants with different performance and equipment: A comfort model and a variant with a sporty configuration with S line scopes, a more tightly tuned suspension and drive setup with higher boost performance of the electric motor for more dynamic handling. The new plug-in hybrid models carry the “TFSI e” signet while the “e-tron” label will remain reserved exclusively for electrically driven cars.

A versatile drive concept

Audi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) combine the power of two hearts from the combustion engine and electric motor. The electric-only range of the PHEVs account for more than 40 kms in the WLTP cycle for every model. All new plug-in-hybrids by Audi use a turbo-charged gasoline engine with direct injection which works together with an electric motor that is integrated in the transmission.

A lithium-ion battery beneath the luggage compartment floor supplies the electrical energy. As a result, the electric motor can support the combustion engine during acceleration resulting in high start-off performance and powerful acceleration. When breaking, the new Audi PHEV models recover up to 80 kW of energy.

The lithium-ion battery for the Audi A6, A7 and A8 is made up of 104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules. It stores 14.1 kWh of energy at a voltage of 385 V. The lithium-ion battery in the Q5 comprises prismatic cells and has the same capacity. In each case, the cooling circuit of the battery is integrated in the low-temperature circuit, which supplies the electric motor and the power electronics.

The Audi A8 with plug-in hybrid drive has a combustion engine and a permanently excited synchronous motor as an electric motor.

The Audi A7 and A6 models with plug-in hybrid drive use the same powertrain. The battery capacity is identical to that of the Audi A8 PHEV.